What does that mean? Every one of these was given to 50 or fewer boys born in the calendar year 2019.
If you’re thinking, “wait – 50 isn’t exactly rare …” consider this: Liam, the #1 name in the US, was given to over 20,500 boys.
208 boys were named Rome, the name sitting at #1000 on the current list.
So 50 represents a number well beyond the bounds of the most popular names, or even the names most parents will consider when they’re naming their children.
Plenty of the names lower on the list represent slight spelling variations of more popular choices. You won’t find those here – sorry, Jaydin and Weslee. Still, this list could easily be twice as long. Among the rarest boy names, there are hundreds of names worth a second look.
ABSALOM, given to 6 boys in 2019
An Old Testament name with an appealing meaning: my father is peace.
AIDRIC, given to 26 boys in 2019
It looks like a blend of Aidan/Adrian’s first syllable with the reliable -ric ending, but Aidric has roots as a medieval saint’s name.
AJAX, given to 21 boys in 2019
A hero of the Trojan War, this Greek name feels like a logical choice in our age of Jax.
ALBAN and ALBIN, given to 8 and 11 boys in 2019
Both spellings come from the Latin albus – bright or white. Saint Alban’s is a London suburb, complete with Roman ruins and a historic cathedral.
ALBION, given to 10 boys in 2019
A poetic name for Great Britain, Albion shares roots with Alban and Albin, as it’s likely inspired by the White – in Latin, albus – Cliffs of Dover.
ALCIDE and ALCIDES, given to 6 and 10 boys in 2019
Alcides comes from a Greek word meaning strength. Drop the ‘s’ and it’s the French form – and a werewolf character on long-running HBO supernatural series True Blood.
ALDRIC, ALDRICH, and ALDRICK given to 8, 6, and 8 boys in 2019
Aldric – choose your spelling – comes from the same roots as Aidric.
ALEKSEY, ALEXEI, and ALEXI given to 19, 47, and 34 boys in 2019
In Russian, Alexis – meaning defender – becomes Aleksey. The Russian pronunciation sounds (almost) like four syllables: uh lek SEE AY. But Americans tend to favor the Alexei spelling, and three syllables: ah leks EE. Versions of the name are heard throughout Europe.
ALFIE, given to 42 boys in 2019
A favorite in Great Britain, casual Alfie comes from storied Alfred. While American parents have embraced Archie, Alfie remains among the rarest boy names – for now.
AMADEO and AMEDEO, given to 34 and 5 boys in 2019
We all know Amadeus, thanks to Mozart. It means “love of God” in Latin. Amadeo and Amedeo are both Italian forms, worn by a number of notables.
AMARO, given to 16 boys in 2019
The Spanish Saint Amaro the Pilgrim is said to have voyaged across the Atlantic in the 1500s. While much of his story is the stuff of legends, his story – and name – remains popular in parts of the Spanish-speaking world.
AMARU, given to 46 boys in 2019
The Aymara people of Bolivia and Peru have preserved and revived their native language, along with some traditional names. The amaru is a mythical creature, a double-headed dragon living at the bottom of lakes, but with wings. If Phoenix works, why not Amaru?
ANCHOR, given to 14 boys in 2019
A word name implying stability.
ATHEN, given to 20 boys in 2019
Most likely from the city of Athens, in Greece – making this a brother for Atticus.
AUBURN, given to 6 boys in 2019
A color name, and an Alabama university known as a sports powerhouse.
AURELIAN, given to 6 boys in 2019
From the Roman Aurelius – golden, Aurelian sounds like a brother for Julian.
AVANT, given to 13 boys in 2019
Possibly inspired by R&B singer Avant, it means before or forward in French. Think of the phrase avant-garde, meaning new or experimental.
AVNER, given to 13 boys in 2019
The Hebrew form of Abner, Avner’s v gives the name an edge.
BALTHAZAR, given to 11 boys in 2019
While it’s not in the New Testament, we traditionally give this name to one of the Three Wise Men who visited the newborn Jesus. Actor Balthazar Getty makes it familiar, too.
BANYAN, given to 22 boys in 2019
A type of fig tree, rich with meaning. Banyan trees are a national symbol of India.
BARACK, given to 12 boys in 2019
The name of the 44th president of the United States, with an appealing meaning: blessing.
BARNABAS and BARNABY, given to 17 and 8 boys in 2019
Barnabas appears in the New Testament. It means “son of encouragement.” In medieval English, it became Barnaby. Both feel a little fusty and dusty, but not in a bad way.
BARNEY, given to 5 boys in 2019
We could overlook Barney Rubble, and maybe The Simpsons’ Barney, too. But the purple dinosaur? Kids loved him, but he sent the name tumbling towards obscurity. Even Neil Patrick Harris’ character on How I Met Your Mother failed to revive the name. And yet, it seems almost quirky-cool, a name that we might hear more of in another decade or two.
BARTHOLOMEW, given to 34 boys in 2019
Another New Testament name, the figure’s popularity meant the name spread throughout medieval Europe. Today it lives on in Dr. Seuss stories, and it might not be such a stretch in our age of Sebastian.
BARTOLO, given to 13 boys in 2019
In Italian, Bartholomew becomes Bartolomeo. Bartolo is the (slightly) shorter and form.
BARTON, given to 12 boys in 2019
A surname name, Barton brings to mind 1991 Coen brothers black comedy Barton Fink. But more recently, it’s the surname of Avengers member Hawkeye, also known as Clint Barton.
BEAUREGARD, given to 22 boys in 2019
It means “beautiful view” in French, a surname for someone who lived near a scenic outlook. We’re wild for Beau, and lots of Bo names, but dramatic Beauregard remains rare.
BENEDETTO, given to 8 boys in 2019
The Italian form of Benedict, and a very unexpected Ben name.
BENNO, given to 7 boys in 2019
Possibly a rare Benjamin nickname, but Benno really comes from Germanic roots, and means bear.
BEOWULF, given to 7 boys in 2019
The hero of an epic eighth century poem, Beowulf has an edgy sound. And while it’s a lot to live up to, it’s almost subtle on a playground full of Mavericks and Legends.
BERTRAM and BERTRAND, given to 11 and 11 boys in 2019
The Normans brought Bertram to England; it means “bright raven.” Bertrand is a cousin, and the given name of philosopher Bertrand Russell.
BINGHAM, given to 11 boys in 2019
Kate Hudson named her second son Bingham, a family name from dad Matt Bellamy’s side. Nickname Bing feels irresistible.
BIRCH, given to 11 boys in 2019
A tree name and sometimes surname, Birch fits right in with Rowan.
BONHAM, given to 6 boys in 2019
Bonham means “good man,” from the French phrase “bon homme.” It’s also a rock star name, thanks to legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
BOOMER, given to 16 boys in 2019
First the NFL gave us Boomer Esiason. (Birth name Norman!) We met Lieutenant Boomer on Battlestar Galactica in 1978 – and then again, in the reboot. And finally, swimming sensation Michael Phelps named his son Boomer. It’s big and bold, but it’s not completely unknown.
BOSCO, given to 24 boys in 2019
An Italian surname name with a bright, upbeat sound, Bosco is sometimes given to honor Saint John Bosco. Also called Don Bosco, he was known for his work with poor and disadvantaged youth.
BRACE, given to 7 boys in 2019
We name our sons Trace and Jace, so why not Brace? To brace is to support, which feels like a positive meaning.
BRAHM and BRAM, given to 12 and 36 boys in 2019
Bram, short for Abraham, has been big in the Netherlands for years. Brahm shares the same roots, but takes it a little closer to Brahms, as in the composer.
BRAN, given to 8 boys in 2019
A name from Irish and Welsh legend meaning raven, Bran is also famous as a Game of Thrones name.
BRAVERY, given to 16 boys in 2019
It’s just like Avery, except closer to Legend and Valor.
BREAKER, given to 5 boys in 2019
Possibly destructive. Or maybe a nature name related to waves at the coast. Either way, Breaker fits with boy names like Wilder.
BRINK, given to 5 boys in 2019
A brink is a slope, but we tend to think of brink as a synonym for edge. If we name our sons Ridge, this feels accessible, too.
BRIO, given to 5 boys in 2019
From an Italian word meaning spirited or lively, Brio takes Bryce and Briar and gives it an energetic ‘o’ ending.
CABLE, given to 16 boys in 2019
A sometimes surname name, and a word name with a capable feel.
CAIO and KAIO, given to 34 and 18 boys in 2019
A romance language spin on Roman Gaius, it has a great meaning – “to rejoice.” The K spelling might make it Japanese instead, with multiple possible meanings, including cheerful.
CALAIS, given to 14 boys in 2019
You might know Calais as one side of the Dover-to-Calais crossing of the English Channel via ferry boat. That’s pronounced cal-AY. But the Baltimore Ravens’ Calais Campbell pronounces it cah-LYE-as. And he’s almost certainly the reason this name is rising for boys.
CALCIFER, given to 9 boys in 2019
To calcify is to harden, like rock. Calcifer, though, is a fire demon from a British fantasy novel turned Japanese animated film, so presumably the first syllable comes from the Latin calor – heat.
CALDWELL, given to 9 boys in 2019
Meaning “cold stream,” it’s a common place name, surname, and very occasionally, a given name, too.
CALHOUN, given to 10 boys in 2019
Originally a Scottish surname spelled Colquhoun, it’s a familiar surname. As a first, easy nickname Cal is a bonus.
CALIBER, given to 16 boys in 2019
Caliber might be seen as aggressive; it’s a way of measuring bullets. But it’s also a virtue name. Something of “high caliber” is excellent.
CALIX and CALYX, given to 50 and 13 boys in 2019
It sounds like Alex-with-a-C, but Calyx refers to the husk or seed pod of a flower. It might also come form ancient Calixtus, meaning beautiful.
CAMPION, given to 7 boys in 2019
Campion started out as an occupational surname for a professional fighter – a champion. It’s likely given to honor the martyr saint Edmund Campion, but it’s also the rare flower name that leans masculine.
CANDOR, given to 5 boys in 2019
A virtue name, Candor suggests an open, honest, and forthright attitude.
CARDEN, given to 24 boys in 2019
A handful of meanings and origins attach to this surname name, but it just plain sounds like something you could call a son today.
CAREY and CARY, given to 18 and 40 boys in 2019
Audrey, Ava, and lots of Golden Age Hollywood names are back for girls. But Cary Grant – born Archibald MacLeish and undeniably one of the most dashing of leading men – has yet to see his name revived.
CASHEL, given to 37 boys in 2019
A surname and place name, Cashel comes with cool nickname Cash.
CASIMIR, given to 29 boys in 2019
A significant name in Polish history with a dramatic, romantic sound.
CASSIEL, given to 33 boys in 2019
Cassiel sounds like Gabriel and other angel names, and sure enough, it appears as such in some mystical writings – as well as plenty of fiction.
CASTER and CASTOR, given to 6 and 22 boys in 2019
Castor and Pollux are known as the twins behind the constellation Gemini. Castor means “to shine,” which seems appropriate – it’s also the name of a star.
CASTLE, given to 19 boys in 2019
A word name that suggests enduring strength, actor Nathan Fillion played novelist-turned-crime solver on long-running television series Castle.
CATO, given to 26 boys in 2019
Cato means wise, and the name was handed down through a family of formidable Roman statesmen in the ancient world. In more recent history, we might think of Kato Kaelin, of OJ Simpson trial fame. But as his star fades, this modern-sounding ancient name might rise again.
CHADWICK, given to 20 boys in 2019
As in Chadwick Boseman, the actor who brought so many characters to life, from T’Challa to Jackie Robinson.
CLAUDE, given to 42 boys in 2019
None of the Claude names – including Claudio and Claudius – are terribly popular. But the French Claude has history to spare, from Monet to Debussy.
CLEMENT, given to 49 boys in 2019
A Latin name meaning gentle, Clement remains rare, even as feminine form Clementine rises.
COAST, given to 20 boys in 2019
A coastal, beachy possibility.
COLLIER, given to 41 boys in 2019
Once upon a time, a Collier sold coal. But the name sounds preppy and polished now.
COLM, given to 15 boys in 2019
An Irish form of saintly Columba, meaning dove, and a surprising sound, too.
COLTRANE, given to 9 boys in 2019
As in legendary musician John Coltrane, with easy nickname Cole built right in.
CONALL and CONNELL, given to 23 and 26 boys in 2019
Conall means strong wolf in Irish; surname Connell is related.
CONAN, given to 49 boys in 2019
An Irish name once reserved for a silver screen barbarian, but now associated with a genial late night host.
CONROY, given to 11 boys in 2019
An Irish name, Conroy means “keeper of the hound.” English surrealist Conroy Maddox was one notable bearer.
COPPER, given to 20 boys in 2019
Cooper is a fixture for boys. But how about Copper, as in the metal and the color?
CORDERO, given to 16 boys in 2019
A Spanish surname given to a shepherd.
COSIMO and COSMO, given to 14 and 49 boys in 2019
Cosimo is a Medici; Cosmo, a New Yorker. But despite their different associations, both names come from the Greek kosmas, meaning order, and the root of our word cosmos, referring to the whole of the universe.
COSTA, given to 8 boys in 2019
A casual form of Constantine.
CREDENCE and CREEDENCE, given to 18 and 37 boys in 2019
A word name meaning belief, Ezra Miller’s character in the Fantastic Beasts movie has put this one on parents’ radar.
CRISPIN, given to 22 boys in 2019
A rarity from the ancient world, you might know it thanks to actor Crispin Glover. Or maybe from the famous Saint Crispin’s Day speech in Shakespeare’s Henry V. (It’s the source of the phrase “band of brothers.”)
CROY and KROY, given to 9 and 24 boys in 2019
A surname name of debated origin, Croy sounds edgy and cool. Football player turned reality star Kroy Biermann, husband of Real Housewives of Atlanta alum Kim Zolciak, raised the profile of the K spelling.
CURRAN and CURREN, given to 8 and 20 boys in 2019
A surname name meaning “little spear,” Curran and Curran would fit right in with boy names like Ronan and Carter.
CYPRIAN, given to 14 boys in 2019
The name of a third century martyr saint, Cyprian is a nod to the island of Cyprus.
CYRIL, given to 41 boys in 2019
A Greek name meaning lord, Cyril has an upper crust vibe.
DACIAN, given to 8 boys in 2019
It looks like a brother for Adrian, an alternative to Julian. Dacian refers to a region in modern-day Romania.
DACRE, given to 7 boys in 2019
Australian actor Dacre Montgomery – you know him from Stranger Things – put his unusual name on the map.
DANNER, given to 9 boys in 2019
It sounds like a Daniel spin-off, but Danner started out as a German sunrame for someone who lived near the forest.
DARROW, given to 11 boys in 2019
A Scottish surname name meaning oak tree, Darrow was made famous by crusading American attorney Clarence Darrow.
DASHTON, given to 10 boys in 2019
A novel mash-up of Dash and Ashton.
DATHAN, given to 17 boys in 2019
An Old Testament name, Dathan means fountain in Hebrew.
DENHAM, given to 7 boys in 2019
A surname name for someone who lived in a valley, Denham sounds like denim, but looks like a conventional, even polished, surname.
DESAI, given to 9 boys in 2019
Originally a title of respect used in India, Desai evolved into a surname over time.
DESTRY, given to 8 boys in 2019
On the big and small screens, Tom Destry was a principled lawman in the Wild West.
DEX, given to 32 boys in 2019
A mini name in the key of Jax, Dex could be short for Dexter – or even Alexander – but it might jut stand on its own.
DIEM, given to 5 boys in 2019
A compact name with several possible meanings, it brings to mind the Latin phrase carpe diem – seize the day.
DJANGO, given to 9 boys in 2019
The ‘d’ is silent. Django Reinhardt was a Romani jazz guitarist. His name means “I awake” in his native language. Born in 1910, he’s the reason the name is on our radar. But it’s since been used for characters in Western Django Unchained, as well as Star Wars’ Jango Fett.
DODGE, given to 19 boys in 2019
We think of it as a car name – though that hasn’t stopped Ford from ranking in the Top 1000. But Dodge started out as a nickname for Roger.
DONATELLO, given to 26 boys in 2019
A Renaissance artist, a Ninja Turtle, and an Italian surname meaning “given.”
DOYLE, given to 11 boys in 2019
As in Sherlock Holmes’ creator Sir Arthur Conan, or any of the many famous bearers of the surname.
DRAPER, given to 12 boys in 2019
It brings to mind Mad Men’s Don, but also fits right in with so many occupational surname favorites.
DREXEL, given to 16 boys in 2019
From a German surname for a turner – one who made small objects, often with wood or metal – Drexel brings to mind the Philadelphia university, and the family of philanthropists who founded it.
DRYDEN, given to 5 boys in 2019
A surname name, Dryden brings to mind seventeenth century poet John Dryden, as well as Solo villain Dryden Voss.
DUDLEY, given to 10 boys in 2019
A noble English surname long used as a first.
DYSON, given to 41 boys in 2019
Dye was once short for Dennis, so Dyson is Dennis’ son. British inventor James Dyson is best known for his vacuum designs.
EAGAN and EGAN, given to 13 and 49 boys in 2019
A lively Irish import, far less common than current favorites like Aiden.
EAMES, given to 11 boys in 2019
Another -s ending possibility for a son, this one with some design cred thanks to midcentury modern design duo Charles and Ray Eames.
EBEN, given to 46 boys in 2019
Eben means stone in Hebrew, and while it shares roots with Ebenezer, just Eben feels far more modern.
ELADIO, given to 12 boys in 2019
A Spanish name meaning “from Greece” with a romantic, flowing sound.
ELDRIDGE, given to 14 boys in 2019
A gentlemanly surname name, cousin to Aldrich, mentioned above.
ELIAKIM, given to 11 boys in 2019
An Old Testament name with an appealing meaning: God rises.
ELIGIO, given to 9 boys in 2019
In Latin, eligere means “to choose.” Eligio is the romance language version of the Latin Eligius.
ELIHU, given to 20 boys in 2019
An Old Testament name, the most Elihu gave his last name to a university in Connecticut – Yale.
ELISEI, given to 8 boys in 2019
A vowel-heavy twist on the Old Testament Elisha.
ELKANAH, given 7 to boys in 2019
Another Old Testament rarity with an intriguing sound.
ELLERY, given to 9 boys in 2019
From 1929 into the early 1970s, fictional detective Ellery Queen solved crimes in novels, the radio, television, and movies. Despite being wildly popular over the decades, Ellery remains among the rarest boy names.
ELLINGTON, given 29 to boys in 2019
As in jazz legend Duke.
ELROY, given to 27 boys in 2019
If you remember The Jetsons, Elroy seems spacey. But Elroy is regal, a cousin to Leroy, both pairing a romance language “the” with a word meaning king. (El is Spanish; Le is French.) It feels retro, daring, and just maybe cool, too.
ELWOOD, given to 32 boys in 2019
Dan Aykroyd played Elwood in the iconic Blues Brothers, which lends this name some enduring cool. But it also feels homepsun, a brother for Arlo, an alternative to Emmett.
EMMAUS, given to 17 boys in 2019
A Biblical town, prominent in the New Testament, that sounds just name-like enough.
ENRICO, given to 25 boys in 2019
The Italian form of Henry, far rarer and enlivened by the ‘o’ ending.
EPIC, given to 9 boys in 2019
An epic is a hero’s tale. Epic also means larger-than-life. It’s a brother for Legend and Legacy.
ERROL, given to 23 boys in 2019
In less than a century, Errol went from swashbuckling hero of the silver screen to a fictional aged owl in the Harry Potter series. It could easily swing back again.
ESAU, given to 33 boys in 2019
An Old Testament name, Esau was Jacob’s twin – and rival. The story is familiar beyond Sunday School thanks to Katherine Paterson’s award-winning young adult novel, Jacob Have I Loved.
ESPEN, given to 28 boys in 2019
Sports-loving parents might immediately think of ESPN, but Espen has nothing to do with television. It’s a traditional Scandi name, meaning bear.
ETIENNE, given to 28 boys in 2019
The French form of Stephen, with an intriguing sound.
EVARISTO, given to 8 boys in 2019
A romance language spin on ancient Evaristus – well-pleasing.
EVERSON, given to 40 boys in 2019
It might come from the Old English element eofor – boar. But odds are this surname appeals because we’re wild for Ev- names.
EVREN, given to 50 boys in 2019
Speaking of Ev names, Evren comes straight from Turkic myth. It’s a dragon, and a symbol of the universe.
FALCON, given to 27 boys in 2019
A soaring avian name that feels just right for a son.
FARRELL and PHARRELL, given to 5 and 10 boys in 2019
Spelled with an F, it’s an Irish surname name. With the Ph, it’s a creative powerhouse.
FENNEC, given to 15 boys in 2019
It sounds a little like those Finn names, but Fennec is a type of fox. (Remember Zootopia?) It’s among the rarest boy names, but it’s still more subtle than Wolf … or, well, Fox.
FERDINAND, given to 20 boys in 2019
A Spanish classic, Ferdinand comes from two Germanic roots meaning “journey” and “brave.” Today Spanish speakers favor Fernando, as in the ABBA song, but Ferdinand remains an under-the-radar classic.
FERGUS, given to 15 boys in 2019
An import from Ireland and Scotland with a great meaning: vigorous.
FIELDING, given to 15 boys in 2019
An unexpected, Fielding is both outdoorsy and literary, thanks to English author Henry Fielding.
FINCH, given to 14 boys in 2019
A bird name that seems just name-like enough. Maybe that’s because this generation of parents grew up with American Pie’s Finch – first name Paul?
FINIAN and FINNIAN, given to 9 and 13 boys in 2019
A rare Irish import, worn by saints, and easily shortened to Finn.
FITZPATRICK, given to 12 boys in 2019
Originally, “fitz” meant “son of.” Fitzpatrick is familiar as a last name and rare as a first – but it could be an intriguing way to honor a Patrick.
FORDHAM, given to 10 boys in 2019
An English place name and a New York university, Fordham shortens to the popular Ford.
FORRESTER, given to 7 boys in 2019
A surname name rarer than Forrest and Forest.
FRASER, FRASIER, and FRAZIER, given to 5, 6, and 8 boys in 2019
Familiar as a surname, long-running television character Frasier Crane promoted it to given name status. While it’s seldom been heard in real life, it feels wearable – a little bit tree name (think Fraser Fir) and a whole lot Hunter-Carter-Archer.
GABLE, given to 12 boys in 2019
An architectural name, and maybe a place name, too. Hollywood icon Clark Gable might be the name’s strong association, putting it in the same league as Harlow and Monroe.
GALE, given to 7 boys in 2019
From a Middle English word meaning jovial or merry, Gale is an upbeat choice for a son. The Hunger Games series gave us a heroic Gale, too: Gale Hawthorne.
GALEN, given to 49 boys in 2019
The Greek Galenos means calm; a physician from the ancient world bore the name. There’s a Galen in the extended Star Wars universe, too.
GALILEO, given to 29 boys in 2019
It means “from Galilee,” but this name brings to mind the world-changing astronomer.
GALLAGHER, given to 5 boys in 2019
We’ve embraced Sullivan and Donovan, so why not Gallagher? In the 1970s and 80s, Gallagher was a comedian known for smashing watermelons on stage. (Seriously!) But today, it’s a long but wearable name for a son.
GARVEY, given to 5 boys in 2019
Garvey feels a little bit like Guthrie – a surname name with a homespun vibe. The middle ‘v’ is a stylish sound, too.
GATES, given to 10 boys in 2019
Another -s ending possibility in the key of Brooks.
GATSBY, given to 10 boys in 2019
A surname name carrying all the romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s enduring Jazz Age novel.
GIACOMO, given to 23 boys in 2019
We’ve embraced Giovanni, the Italian form of John, so why not Giacomo – James?
GILES, given to 29 boys in 2019
An alternative to Miles, and the name of a medieval saint.
GIOMAR, given to 6 boys in 2019
Giomar appears in Arthurian legend, often as a cousin to Queen Guinevere.
GODFREY, given to 14 boys in 2019
A familiar choice in medieval England, Godfrey carries an appealing meaning: peace of God.
GOLDEN, given to 44 boys in 2019
A color name, but also a wish for goodness.
GRAYER and GREYER, given to 6 and 5 boys in 2019
2002 bestseller The Nanny Diaries introduced us to the young kiddo of privileged New York parents, Grayer. It seems like a natural favorite, mixing Grayson with the -r ending of so many chart-toppers. So far, instead, Grayer remains among the rarest boy names.
GROVER, given to 26 boys in 2019
Okay, there’s the furry blue Sesame Street character. But before that, Grover was a White House name. If nineteenth century favorites like Ernest, Edwin, and Howard can be considered for revival, why not Grover?
HALE, given to 23 boys in 2019
A sometimes surname name referring to a hollow, but also an Old English word meaning healthy or robust.
HAMISH, given to 10 boys in 2019
The Scottish form of enduring James.
HARDY, given to 37 boys in 2019
To be hardy is to be fearless, or maybe just resilient. Both seem like positive qualities for a son’s name.
HAWTHORN and HAWTHORNE, given to 13 and 25 boys in 2019
It’s a nature name with a literary sheen, thanks to American author Nathaniel Hawthorne.
HELIO, given to 5 boys in 2019
A sometimes-heard name from the Greek sun god, Helios.
HEMINGWAY, given to 5 boys in 2019
Another literary surname, one that captures all of the author’s rugged, adventurous spirit.
HERON, given to 13 boys in 2019
A bird name that leans masculine, thanks to the two-syllable, ‘n’ ending sound.
HOLTON, given to 37 boys in 2019
Familiar as a place and surname name, Holton could wear well for a son, too.
HOMER, given to 23 boys in 2019
A former Top 100 favorite, Homer – as in the ancient author and The Simpsons patriarch – is now among the rarest boy names.
HORACE, given to 22 boys in 2019
Another poet from the ancient world, Roman Horace means time or season.
HORACIO and HORATIO, given to 28 and 8 boys in 2019
Horace’s romance language cousins, Horacio and Horatio, sound upbeat and unexpected.
HOSEA, given to 43 boys in 2019
An Old Testament name, Hosea means salvation.
HOWELL, given to 6 boys in 2019
Another surname name with Welsh roots, Howell means eminent.
HUMPHREY, given to 6 boys in 2019
A Germanic name meaning bear cub, Humphrey has never been terribly popular as a given name in the US. But Hollywood Golden Age actor Humphrey Bogart ensures the name remains widely known.
HURLEY, given to 6 boys in 2019
As an Irish name, it means “sea valor.” That’s a good fit for the most famous use of Hurley – a major brand of surf gear and apparel.
HUTCH, given to 24 boys in 2019
Hutch started out as a nickname for traditional Hugh. Neither is common today, but it’s Hutch among the rarest boy names.
HUTCHINSON and HUTCHISON, given to 15 and 7 boys in 2019
Both surnames mean “son of Hugh,” though odds are a Hutchinson would answer to Hutch for short.
HUTTON, given to 24 boys in 2019
Another surname name borrowed from the map, you might think of Oscar-winning actor Timothy Hutton.
IMRE, given to 9 boys in 2019
A Hungarian saint’s name with a current vibe. Singer Alanis Morrisette has a son named Ever Imre.
INDIO, given to 5 boys in 2019
Robert Downey Jr.’s firstborn is named Indio, also known as the California town home to the annual Coachella Music and Arts Festival.
ITAI, given to 20 boys in 2019
A Hebrew name from the Old Testament, Itai means “with me.”
IVES and YVES, given to 5 and 11 boys in 2019
A medieval name associated with several saints, it comes from the Germanic word for a yew tree. French designer Yves Saint Laurent makes the name famous worldwide.
IVO, given to 13 boys in 2019
Ivo is the original form of the name that became Ives and Yves.
JAPHETH, given to 33 boys in 2019
Biblical boy name Noah is a Top Ten staple. But his son’s name, Japheth, lingers in obscurity.
JEDI, given to 19 boys in 2019
You might your son Luke, or even Anakin or Kylo. But some Star Wars fans have gone straight to Jedi, the ancient order of knights in the ‘verse.
JESPER, given to 7 boys in 2019
The Danish form of Jasper feels just different enough.
JIRO, given to 6 boys in 2019
A Japanese name traditionally given to second sons, Jiro has been made familiar in the English-speaking world thanks to hit documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.
JORAH, given to 35 boys in 2019
An Old Testament name made famous by a Game of Thrones character.
JOVE, given to 10 boys in 2019
Another name for the king of the Roman gods.
JUPITER, given to 33 boys in 2019
Along with Jove, the name of the chief Roman god. It’s also the name of our solar system’s biggest planet.
KAUAI, given to 8 boys in 2019
One of the Hawaiian islands, Kauai could follow Kai and Koa up the popularity charts, but for now, it’s one of the rarest boy names.
KEANE, given to 24 boys in 2019
A short surname name that feels both familiar and unexpected at the same time.
KEIR, given to 12 boys in 2019
A Scottish name, you might think of actor Keir Dullea, known for 2001: A Space Odyssey.
KEMPER, given to 24 boys in 2019
A surname name with a playful vibe, Kemper has several possible meanings, including farmer.
KENDRY, given to 25 boys in 2019
A sometimes-heard surname and given name, Kendry might have roots in Madagascar, though given names work a little differently in Malagasy.
KENYATA and KENYATTA, given to 5 and 13 boys in 2019
Jomo Kenyatta served as the first president of Kenya in the 1960s, and is considered the country’s founding father. The name is typically given in his honor.
KIEFER and KEIFER, given to 9 and 8 boys in 2019
Actor Kiefer Sutherland made his unusual first name familiar, though still challenging to spell. It’s a German surname, inspired by director Warren Kiefer, who gave actor Donald Sutherland – Kiefer’s dad – his first movie role.
KINCADE, KINCAID, and KINKADE, given to 8, 15, and 5 boys in 2019
Originally a Scottish place name meaning something like “top pass,” Kincaid is famous as a clan. Possible spellings of the name abound.
KINDRED, given to 9 boys in 2019
An Old English word meaning family, Kindred is very occasionally heard as a given name. One possible inspiriation: sci fi author Philip K. Dick is Philip Kindred; it was his mother’s maiden name.
KIPLING, given to 9 boys in 2019
A surname name that brings to mind English author Rudyard Kipling.
KNIGHTLEY, given to 5 boys in 2019
Jane Austen fans immediately think of Emma’s dashing George Knightley.
KODIAK, given to 40 boys in 2019
The name of an Alaskan island, as well as a bear native to the region.
LAIRD, given to 9 boys in 2019
A Scottish title-turned-surname, surfer Laird Hamilton helped raise the name’s profile.
LANDER, given to 33 boys in 2019
A surname with German roots, Lander might’ve once meant “local.” It fits with Xander and so many -r ending names for boys.
LANDO, given to 20 boys in 2019
A Star Wars name heard from The Empire Strikes Back all the way to the most recent movies.
LARAMIE, given to 21 boys in 2019
A Wyoming place name, Laramie feels rugged and outdoorsy.
LASZLO, given to 20 boys in 2019
A quirky Hungarian cousin to the Slavic Vladislav, made famous by a medieval king.
LEGION, given to 20 boys in 2019
It originally referred to a body of military troops, but now legion can refer to any large group – or simply substitute for “many.” But it also sounds just name-like enough for it to potentially join Legend and Legacy as a given name.
LEITH, given to 12 boys in 2019
A Scottish river name, Leith means “flowing water.” It’s sometimes heard as a surname, and occasionally as a first.
LEOMAR, given to 15 boys in 2019
Among the rarest of the Leo names, it appears to be a new spin – possibly first heard in Brazil – adding Leo to the familiar -mar ending.
LEONCIO, given to 5 boys in 2019
The Spanish version of yet another ancient Leo name, meaning lion.
LEOVANI and LEOVANNI, given to 7 and 44 boys in 2019
Leo names inspired by Italian boys’ staple Giovanni.
LETO, given to 8 boys in 2019
A potentially unisex name, we tend to think of Leto as masculine thanks to actor Jared Leto. It has a great meaning: joyful.
LION, given to 32 boys in 2019
A name straight from the animal kingdom, just like Fox and Bear.
LIVINGSTON, given to 10 boys in 2019
A surname name with a current vibe and all the romance of nineteenth century explorer and missionary Dr. David Livingstone.
LORCAN, given to 10 boys in 2019
An Irish import meaning “little fierce one.”
LOUDON, given to 7 boys in 2019
Indie musician Loudon Wainwright might’ve inspired some parents to choose this Scottish place name.
LOWELL, given to 41 boys in 2019
It sounds preppy and polished, but Lowell’s meaning is wild: little wolf.
LOXLEY, given to 6 boys in 2019
The Robin Hood legend claims that the noble bandit was also known as Robin of Loxley – or Locksley.
LUDOVIC and LUDOVICO, given to 6 and 5 boys in 2019
A cool, edgy Lou- name for a boy, Ludovic and Ludovico come from Ludwig … which is actually the Germanic forerunner of Louis.
LYNX, given to 29 boys in 2019
An animal name borrowed from a big cat, Lynx benefits from the popularity of Lincoln, as well as that stylish letter X.
LYSANDER, given to 27 boys in 2019
An ancient name in the same mold as Alexander or Evander, Lysander is the rarest of them all.
MACALISTER and MACALLISTER, given to 5 and 32 boys in 2019
So many Mac names! MacAlister means son of Alasdair, the Scottish form of Alexander.
MACALLAN, given to 32 boys in 2019
A surname name meaning “son of Allan.”
MACARTHUR, given to 13 boys in 2019
Traditional Arthur is a stylish classic. Macarthur takes it out of Camelot and into the American history books. General Douglas MacArthur was a hero of World War II. (Though he’s not without controversy.) It might also be a way to honor an Arthur while opening the door to nicknames like Mac.
MACAULAY, given to 9 boys in 2019
You might not know anyone named Aulay, but it does come from an old Scottish and Irish personal name. As a child actor, Macaulay Culkin starred in blockbuster-turned-holiday classic Home Alone. With the passing of time, it feels more like a neglected vintage option.
MACGREGOR, given to 7 boys in 2019
A surname meaning son of Gregory, MacGregor has long been associated with Peter Rabbit’s vegetable-growning nemesis.
MACKAY and MCKAY, given to 6 and 45 boys in 2019
Believe it or not, MacKay means son of Aodh – the same root as early 2000s chart-topping favorite, Aiden.
MACLAIN, MACLANE, and MCCLAIN, given to 7, 8, and 15 boys in 2019
An action hero name, thanks to the Die Hard franchise’s John McClane. Bruce Willis has played the part in five movies … so far.
MACON, given to 46 boys in 2019
A Southern city, just one sound removed from Top Ten favorite Mason. Anne Tyler’s celebrated 1985 novel The Accidental Tourist gave us a lead character named Macon, but the name never quite caught on.
MACSEN and MACSON, given to 22 and 7 boys in 2019
It looks like a Mac name, but Macsen is a Max name, the Welsh form of Maximus.
MAGUIRE, given to 9 boys in 2019
Yet another surname name imported from Ireland and Scotland.
MAYES, given to 12 boys in 2019
An -s ender in the same category as Hayes and Brooks, Mayes might’ve evolved from Matthew, the month of May, or a handful of other possible origins.
MCLAREN, given to 8 boys in 2019
Mclaren means “son of Lawrence,” and might make an intriguing update to that classic name.
MERCER, given to 36 boys in 2019
Some surname names feel rough and tumble – think Hunter and Ryder. Others are smooth, like Spenser, Foster, and yes, Mercer.
MIO, given to 10 boys in 2019
It might be the masculine equivalent of Top Ten staple Mia, or it could be a name with Japanese or Swedish roots.
MIRO, given to 10 boys in 2019
Barcelona-born Spanish artist Joan Miro puts his surname on the list of artistic possibilities.
MOROCCO, given to 10 boys in 2019
A place name easily as wearable as Egypt.
NAVARRE and NAVARRO, given to 5 and 6 boys in 2019
Once an independent kingdom in the mountains bordering France and Spain, Navarre remains part of Basque country. These surname names reflect heritage in the region. They could do the same as firsts.
NEVILLE, given to 19 boys in 2019
As in Harry Potter character Neville Longbottom, a struggling student in the early boys who proved himself deeply loyal – and heroic.
NICODEMUS, given to 31 boys in 2019
A Greek name with a stirring meaning: victory of the people.
NICOLO, given to 36 boys in 2019
An Italian form of Nicholas, Nicolo could fit right in with Mateo and other current o-ending favorites.
NILO, given to 9 boys in 2019
Nilo looks like Milo, but it’s pronounced with a long ‘e’ sound – nee lo. It’s the Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese name of the Nile River.
NKOSI, given to 13 boys in 2019
A Xhosa name with a regal meaning: king. Pronounce the ‘n’ like ‘en’ and it’s easily phonetic.
NORTH, given to 7 boys in 2019
Yes, Kim and Kanye named their daughter North. But this makes an outdoorsy name for a son, too, with the navigational concept of “true north” lending it a poetic, even virtuous, undertone.
OAKES and OAKS, given to 17 and 19 boys in 2019
Oakley – choose your spelling is white hot for our sons and daughter. Oak-plus-s takes this trend in a slightly more masculine direction.
OBERON, given to 26 boys in 2019
Shakespeare’s fairy king from A Midsummer Night’s Dream offers a fanciful and regal option for a son.
OBSIDIAN, given to 11 boys in 2019
A type of volcanic glass, and a shade of the color black, too.
OGDEN, given to 17 boys in 2019
An English place name meaning “oak valley,” Ogden is familiar as a place name, surname, and in the case of American poet Ogden Nash, a first.
OLLIVANDER, given to 35 boys in 2019
An Oliver-Alexander smoosh, long and elaborate, Ollivander brings to mind the wise craftsman who made wands in the Wizarding World.
OLSON, given to 13 boys in 2019
A Scandi surname name, Olson means son of Olaf, but feels a little less snowbound than the Frozen singing snowman’s name.
OMRI, given to 35 boys in 2019
The Old Testament Omri sounds modern, even invented, but it has history to spare.
OSBORN and OSBORNE, given to 8 and 21 boys in 2019
A surname name related to bears, Osborn sounds cuddly. Rocker turned reality star Ozzy – born John – Osbourne – lends it a certain wild style.
OSIAS, given to 17 boys in 2019
A sometimes-heard variant of equally rare Biblical boy name Hosea.
OSLO, given to 29 boys in 2019
Norway’s capital and largest city, Oslo sounds like a place name parents could embrace in the twenty-first century.
OSSIAN, given to 6 boys in 2019
Eighteenth century poet James Macpherson used this form of legendary hero name Oisin for his retellings of Irish legend.
OSWALD, given to 39 boys in 2019
A saint’s name from the early Middle Ages, Oswald enjoyed newfound popularity in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It’s also the name of Mickey Mouse’s forerunner, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
PASCAL, PASCHAL, and PASQUALE, given to 27, 7, and 11 boys in 2019
All names denoting the Latin Pascha – Easter. Two popes were named Paschal; Pascal is heard in French and German, and Pasquale is the Italian.
PAVEL, given to 35 boys in 2019
The Slavic form of classic Paul.
PERCIVAL, given to 37 boys in 2019
Originally the name of a romantic hero from medieval French tellings of King Arthur’s knights, Percival remains familiar … and yet seldom heard as a given name.
PERCY, given to 45 boys in 2019
It might be short for Percival, but odds are its use reflects the powerful medieval Engilsh family.
PEREGRIN and PEREGRINE, given to 11 and 15 boys in 2019
Both spellings come from a word meaning traveller; depending on your interests, you might think of the peregrine falcon, or JRR Tolkien’s Peregrin “Pippin” Took.
PERRIN, given to 44 boys in 2019
A cousin to Peter, Perrin is heard as both a last and a first name.
PILOT, given to 12 boys in 2019
An occupational surname name that soars. Jason Lee raised eyebrows when he gave the name to his son way back in 2003. But if Jett is a Top 1000 staple, why not Pilot?
PRESCOTT, given to 46 boys in 2019
A place name, Prescott likely comes from the phrase “priest’s cottage.” It feels like a dressed-up version of former favorite Scott.
PROSPER, given to 27 boys in 2019
A Late Latin name meaning successful, Prosper might make some think of Star Trek. But it feels like a brother for Credence.
RAFFERTY, given to 9 boys in 2019
An upbeat and affable Irish surname name, it’s hard to believe that Rafferty isn’t more popular. Jude Law’s son Rafferty Law is now working as a model and actor.
RAINER and RAINIER, given to 34 and 30 boys in 2019
A slimmed-down form of a German name, you might know Rainier thanks to the royal family of Monaco.
REVERE, given to 11 boys in 2019
An Americana surname thanks to the patriotic Paul Revere and his famous midnight ride, it’s also a word name. To revere is to respect – or perhaps, to be in awe of.
RIGBY, given to 28 boys in 2019
Once a surname for someone who lived in a farm by a ridge, Rigby is also the surname of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby.” Fans of The Regular Show will think of the anthropomorphic raccoon.
ROBSON, given to 7 boys in 2019
A slimmed-down surname derived from Robert, Robson might be easier to wear than Robinson or Robertson.
ROCKET, given to 23 boys in 2019
Pharrell described it as a modern virtue name, one that suggests the child is meant to ascend. It’s an appealing take on this bold word name.
ROLLINS, given to 16 boys in 2019
A surname that feels familiar, but still very much under-the-radar.
ROLLO, given to 8 boys in 2019
Way back in the 900s, a Viking invader named Rollo became the very first Duke of Normandy. Since then, the name has become Rolf – and the surname Rollins, too. But Rollo feels downright fun to say.
ROOK, given to 48 boys in 2019
A type of crow, and thus a surname for someone with dark hair. But today, it’s a bird name that feels masculine, but less obvious than Falcon.
ROONEY, given to 21 boys in 2019
A vibrant Irish surname with a triumphant meaning: champion.
RUFUS, given to 30 boys in 2019
A name dating to at least the New Testament, Rufus originally referred to someone with red hair. King William II of England earned the nickname for that very reason.
RUI, given to 21 boys in 2019
A Spanish and Portuguese name, Rui is short for the dashing Rodrigo. Japanese-born NBA player Rui Hachimura reminds us that it also has Japanese roots; appopriately enough for the basketball star, it means “fortress.”
RUNE, given to 29 boys in 2019
An Old Norse name, Rune means “secret lore.”
RUPERT, given to 21 boys in 2019
Long familiar in the UK, but rare in the US, Rupert is a German cousin to Robert.
RUSLAN, given to 27 boys in 2019
Russian writer Alexander Pushkin gave this name to to a brave knight in his 1820 poem Ruslan and Ludmila.
SAXON, given to 49 boys in 2019
A short, sharp name likely meaning knife.
SEELEY, given to 23 boys in 2019
A surname name from an Old English word meaning cheerful.
SEKOU, given to 28 boys in 2019
A Western African name meaning leader, athletes and other notables have raised the name’s profile.
SERGE, given to 13 boys in 2019
The Roman name Sergius survives in many European languages – it’s Sergei in Russian and other Slavic tongues, Sergio in Spanish and Italian, and Serge in French. The last one feels especially accessible in English.
SHAW, given to 31 boys in 2019
A straightforward surname name, possibly more familiar thanks to Deckard Shaw, played by Jason Statham, in the Fast & the Furious franchise.
SIXTO, given to 6 boys in 2019
Five popes answer to this name. While it sounds like six, it likely comes from a Greek name meaning polished.
SOLO, given to 6 boys in 2019
As in Star Wars hero Han Solo, the word means alone. But it can also signifiy independence.
STANTON, given to 35 boys in 2019
An English surname, Stanton might serve as an update to traditional Stanley.
STARK, given to 27 boys in 2019
Stark means firm. The name implies strength – and that’s before we consider Avengers hero Tony Stark – better known as Iron Man – or House Stark of Game of Thrones fame.
STOKELY, given to 17 boys in 2019
1960s activist Stokely Carmichael put this surname name in the history books. (Though he eventually adopted the name Kwame Ture.)
STORY, given to 8 boys in 2019
A unisex word name that’s never quite caught on.
SUMNER, given to 11 boys in 2019
It sounds like summer, but Sumner started out as an occupational name for a summoner – one who called witnesses to court.
TAIKA, given to 8 boys in 2019
Oscar-winning filmmaker Taika Waititi puts his Maori name on the list. It appears to mean either tiger or tank, though other languages suggest competing origins.
TAIO and TAYO, given to 6 and 10 boys in 2019
Several origins are possible for Taio, but it may be singer Taio Cruz that puts the name on the list. Spell it Tayo, and it’s a Yoruba name meaning “worth joy.”
TALIESIN, given to 16 boys in 2019
The Book of Taliesin is a collection of Welsh manuscripts dating to the tenth century, or even earlier. It’s believed that Taliesin lived in the sixth century, a poet and bard. You might also think of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin home and studio.
TANNEN and TANNON, given to 8 and 7 boys in 2019
Spelled Tannen, it’s the German word for a pine tree.
TAO, given to 9 boys in 2019
In Chinese, tao means path, or, more broadly “way of life.” It’s no simple vocabulary word, though. Tao encompasses a spiritual belief system.
TENNESSEE, given to 17 boys in 2019
A southern state, Tennessee feels literary, thanks to author Tennessee – born Thomas – Williams. Reese Witherspoon named her youngest Tennessee in 2012.
TENNISON and TENNYSON, given to 9 and 43 boys in 2019
A poetic surname name, Tennyson comes from Dennis.
THACKERY, given to 7 boys in 2019
The poet’s surname is Thackeray, but that’s even rarer than this slightly slimmed-down spelling.
THANE, given to 42 boys in 2019
A noble title, familiar to readers of Shakespeare.
THAYER, given to 49 boys in 2019
A cousin to Taylor, Thayer is far less common. Plus, it shares the stylish Th of Theo and Thatcher.
THELONIUS, given to 14 boys in 2019
As in jazz great Thelonius Monk.
THESEUS, given to 30 boys in 2019
A hero from Greek myth, Theseus defeats the Minotaur.
THOREAU, given to 9 boys in 2019
A surname given in homage to noted American writer Henry David Thoreau.
THORNTON, given to 8 boys in 2019
Surname name Thornton feels literary, thanks to Pulitzer Prize-winning twentieth century American author Thornton Wilder.
THYME, given to 6 boys in 2019
The name of an herb, Thyme makes an intriguing alternative to popular Sage.
TIMBER, given to 47 boys in 2019
A woodsy nature name, every bit as wearable as River.
TIMO, given to 12 boys in 2019
A nickname name in German and Scandinavian languages, less expected than Tim.
TRACKER, given to 7 boys in 2019
A sort-of surname name, rugged and outdoorsy.
TRICE, given to 26 boys in 2019
It suggests the number three – think tricycle – but it has a handful of other origins and meanings. Trice feels like an alternative to Bryce.
TYCHO, given to 26 boys in 2019
A name made famous by Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe,
VALERIAN, given to 14 boys in 2019
From the Latin valere – to be strong.
VERSE, given to 7 boys in 2019
A verse is a line of poetry; it’s also short for universe. Either way, Verse is a brief name that suggests a grand imagination.
VIGGO, given to 40 boys in 2019
A Scandi name that’s familiar in the US thanks to actor Viggo Mortensen.
VOSS, given to 5 boys in 2019
A surname name with multiple origins and an appealing, brisk sound. It may mean “wave” or “sea” if it comes from the Norwegian village of Voss, home to the water brand.
WAKE, given to 21 boys in 2019
Wake might suggest a state of alert; it can also refer to the waves created by a ship.
WALDEN, given to 45 boys in 2019
Walden Pond sits in Massachussets, made famous by Henry David Thoreau’s writings.
WALDO, given to 10 boys in 2019
A Germanic name, Waldo means “to rule.” Depending on your perspective, you might think of Ralph Waldo Emerson … or Where’s Waldo, the book series where viewers spot a distinctive figure in a crowd.
WALTON, given to 27 boys in 2019
A surname name related to classic Walter, with all the homepsun charm of 1970s and 80s television staple The Waltons.
WEAVER, given to 5 boys in 2019
An occupational surname name with an artisanal – and perhaps subtle virtue – vibe.
WELLINGTON, given to 42 boys in 2019
A grand surname choice, borrowed from the British military commander who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo. Bonus? Easy nickname Wells.
WHEELER, given to 36 boys in 2019
A breezy surname name once given to a wheelwright – and now an unexpected alternative to Carter and company.
WILBUR, given to 36 boys in 2019
An old school name teetering on the edge of obscurity, Wilbur could be so out that it’s back in.
WILKES, given to 18 boys in 2019
Possibly related to all of the William names, or maybe from another sources, Wilkes could fit right in with Brooks and Hayes.
WILLIS, given to 49 boys in 2019
A traditional, but rare, alternative to the chart-topping William.
WYETH, given to 14 boys in 2019
An artistic surname name thanks to American painter Andrew Wyeth, and a possible alternative to Top 100 favorite Wyatt.
YATES, given to 11 boys in 2019
Once a name for a gatekeeper, Yates feels polished. The poet spells it Yeats – but that version is nearly unknown in the US.
ZEBEDEE, given to 13 boys in 2019
A New Testament name that’s just plain fun to say.
ZEBULON, given to 27 boys in 2019
A son of Jacob and Leah in the Old Testament, Zebulon might mean gift, honor, or sacrifice.
ZENITH, given to 37 boys in 2019
Originally an astronomical term, Zenith means peak or highest point. That puts it in the same general category as epic boy names like Legend.